Robert Pastorelli Biography

Birthday: 1954-06-21
Place of Birth: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: Beefy, roughhewn actor Robert Pastorelli was a former boxer and an admitted drug addict before he cleaned up his act and pursued theater work in New York in such 1970s productions as "Rebel Without a Cause," "The Rainmaker," and "Death of a Salesman," he headed west and turned to film and TV in 1982, soon finding a fairly comfortable niche playing ballsy, streetwise characters often with a Runyonesque feel and truck driver mentality. Supporting Bette Midler and Shelley Long in Outrageous Fortune (1987) and Eddie Murphy in Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), his first meaty film role came with Kevin Costner's Dances with Wolves (1990). But it was TV that would be his claim to fame as Candice Bergen's gruff but mushy-hearted house painter in "Murphy Brown" (1988), staying with the show for seven seasons. With that came more visible roles in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993), Michael (1996), and Modern Vampires (1998) (TV). He played the role of salty Luther Billis in the mini-movie remake of South Pacific (2001) (TV) with Glenn Close, then appeared as Mitch with Ms. Close on stage in "A Streetcar Named Desire" a year later. Sadly, drugs once again took hold of Pastorelli in full force in later years. In 2004, the 49-year-old died of a heroin overdose and was found at home with a syringe in his arm in the bathroom by his assistant.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Double Rush Johnny Verona 1995 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Bait John Jaster 1973
Memories of Me Al 1988 Comedy, Drama
Dances with Wolves Timmons 1990 Adventure, Drama
FernGully: The Last Rainforest 1992 Animation, Adventure, Family
Folks! Fred 1992 Comedy, Drama
Striking Distance Det. Jimmy Detillo 1993 Comedy, 0
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit 1993 Comedy, Music
The Paint Job Willie 1994 Comedy, Thriller
Eraser Johnny Casteleone 1996 Action, Crime, Drama
Michael Huey Driscoll 1996 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A Simple Wish 1997 Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Scotch and Milk The Skipper 1998
Heist T-Bone 1999 Crime, Thriller
Be Cool Joe Loop 2005 0, Comedy
Bait John Jaster 2012 0, Reality Tv